Press Release

May 2022

Walleye have been found in Lake Lowell and Lake Cascade, F&G asks anglers to report any walleye catches

Walleye are nonnative in Idaho and are managed in a very limited numbers of waters in the state because walleye can be harmful to other game fish, take over popular fishing waters and lead to a decrease in fish available for anglers. Across the West, walleye have been responsible for game fish population declines, and when they get established, it can funnel time, money and resources that could be better spent managing and enhancing other fisheries.

Catch the Fun on Free Fishing Day June 11

Get those fishing poles ready.  Saturday, June 11 is Idaho’s Free Fishing Day and the Idaho Fish and Game invites anglers, residents and nonresidents, to celebrate the day by fishing without a license.

Lack of fishing experience is no excuse.  Fishing equipment will be available for use, and experts will be on hand to help novice anglers learn the joys of fishing at two local events:     

Rainbow trout stocking schedule for June 2022 in the Magic Valley Region

Hatchery personnel from Fish and Game’s Magic Valley Region will be stocking approximately 31,600 10-12”catchable-sized rainbow trout in June. All stocking dates and numbers of fish are approximate.

Anglers can find more detailed information on each of these waters, including maps, facilities, species present, stocking records, and fishing rules by visiting the Fishing Planner on Fish and Game’s website.

Stocking of all waters is tentative and dependent on river/lake/pond conditions (angler safety concerns); dates may change due to weather or staffing constraints.

Body of Water

Week to be Stocked

Fish and Game schedules summer Take Me Fishing trailer events across the Magic Valley

Summer months are the perfect time to learn how to fish, or even to take up fishing again if you haven’t fished for years. Staff from Fish and Game, Magic Valley Region will be taking their Take Me Fishing trailer to area ponds and lakes across the Magic Valley during June and July, 2022.

No fishing experience is necessary. Fish and Game staff and volunteers will be on-hand to help both kids and adults learn fishing basics. 

Anyone who registers at the trailer during these events can fish without a license during the hours of the event. After the event is over, a fishing license is required of anyone 14 years of age and older.

Fish and Game will provide fishing poles, tackle and bait.

All scheduled fishing events will be held from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

•    Saturday, June 4           Camas Kids Pond - Camas Lily Days, Fairfield
•    Wednesday, June 8      Filer Pond - Filer
•    Saturday, June 11         Riley Pond – Hagerman, and it’s Free Fishing Day across Idaho!
•    Wednesday, June 15    Gavers Lagoon – Hayspur Hatchery, Picabo
•    Saturday, June 18         Freedom Park Pond - Burley
•    Wednesday, June 22    Oster Lake #1 - Hagerman
•    Saturday, June 25         Castle Rocks State Park - Almo
•    Wednesday, June 29    Dierkies Lake – Twin Falls
•    Wednesday, July 6        Gavers Lagoon – Hayspur Hatchery, Picabo
•    Saturday, July 16           Freedom Park Pond - Burley
•    Saturday, July 23           Penny Lake – Ketchum (Warm Springs)
•    Saturday, July 30           Lake Cleveland – Albion, Mt. Harrison 

Take Me Fishing trailer events happen across the state. Check the trailer schedule for a free and fun day of fishing at a location near you.

For more information contact the Magic Valley Regional Office at (208) 324-4359.

Learn about Idaho’s grizzly and black bears at an upcoming community presentation in Hailey

Idaho is home to two bear species, the grizzly bear, found in eastern and northern Idaho, and the black bear found throughout much of Idaho. Black bears are by far the most common bear in Idaho, with an estimated population of 20,000. 

Jeremy Nicholson, a Regional Wildlife Biologist with Idaho Fish and Game, Upper Snake Region will be the featured speaker. Nicholson, who has studied bears across the U.S. for almost 20 years, will be in Hailey on June 3, 2022 to speak about his work with grizzly and black bears at a free community presentation to be held in the Community Campus auditorium, 1050 Fox Acres Road, Hailey, at 6:30 p.m. Wildlife education activities will be provided outside the auditorium prior to the presentation from 5:00 – 6:15 p.m.

Sierra Robatcek, Regional Wildlife Biologist with the Magic Valley Region will talk about black bears in the Wood River Valley.

Robin Garwood, Wildlife Biologist with the Sawtooth National Recreation Area (SNRA) will speak about the SNRA food-storage order that has been put into place to reduce the opportunities for black bears to get access to camper’s food.

The presentation is co-sponsored by the Wood River Valley Wildlife Smart Communities Coalition who is committed to providing wildlife education to residents in an effort to reduce human-wildlife conflicts within the communities in the Wood River Valley.

For more information contact the Magic Valley Regional Office at (208) 324-4359.

Join F&G on Monday nights for family fishing fun all summer long at Ryder Park

Fish and Game has teamed up with the Idaho Falls Parks and Recreation again this year to conduct a free fishing event at Becker Pond every Monday night throughout the summer. The first event will be on Memorial Day, May 30, with the last event taking place on Labor Day, September 5.

Temporary Road Closure of Bingo Creek Road in Clearwater County

PotlatchDeltic and Idaho Department of Lands jointly announce a temporary road closure of the Bingo Creek Road and all its tributaries, to all recreational activities and public entry. The closure is attributed to extremely heavy commercial traffic. Both landowners will be implementing multiple large-scale salvage logging operations along with other emergency forest management activities due to the 2021 wildland fires in the area.

The Bingo Creek Road is a narrow one-lane low volume road located in Clearwater County that will be unsafe for public use during this time. The road closure began May 2nd and will last until September 30th, 2022.  Road conditions will be evaluated in September, closures may be extended through the end of the year.